Aliveness Within

We consider artists to be those who can capture the essence of something and bring it into the physical world, whether through a new poem, song, painting, dance or any other medium. Yet spirituality tells us that we are all such artists, and the essence we are trying to capture and bring through into life is the energetic aliveness that surrounds us in everything we can connect with. In that way we can be fully with something, giving it expression, and also in service to what the essences are trying to emerge as in the outer. (At the end of this post there are instructions and a link to download this recording to your computer.)

John: So, the theme of the dreaming was, like we mentioned, was that of having to work with the aspect of a flow being more predominant, in terms of what is going on, than what is reflective. And that you can bring this through the breath, with a rhythm, down into life. 

And the degree to which you can contend with a density, and take it on, is the degree to which you are able to work with this flow – and its more predominant naturalness. 

So, in the meditation dream, I start out reading a poem that has to do with there being a greater awareness. And this poem, because I’m in one spot and the poem is in another spot, and the poem is in front of me, I am having to immerse something from the essence of this poem that I am reading. In order to grasp this poem I have to be this poem in some kind of immersed, beingness, aliveness way in order to touch the hidden fabric of a flow. 

So to be immersed inextricably into the fabric of life, as this poem and image portrays, is a consciousness in which physical space isn’t predominant. You can play with it and work with it, and whatnot, but keep and hold to the spirituality. 

So, similarly speaking, I am finding myself standing before the physical denseness that I am unconscious towards – you’re unconscious towards it initially – and then you come to perceive what I am before that is a physical, dense black-and-white image, but there’s something behind that, within that, as a flow. And that is what is important. 

And, if you don’t realize that, then you get caught under kind of the spell of the magnetism, because when you do these practices and whatnot, you do increase the magnetism. And then that magnetism becomes a kind of quality of state. You can’t take that with you, what you can take with you is the stillness or quality of a flow that pulls down with it from the inner. And, when you do that, well the purpose of doing that is to recognize a greater hidden aliveness within.

Or, to say this another way, the initial black-and-white dense objectification is in the way of an inner aliveness that is all-pervasive, but doesn’t have to be that way. Initially, it’s more in the way, and then in the end, the flow is more there. And so the outer then becomes something that you play with to bring the flow through. You can use the physical then in terms of what you’re doing, as part of pulling that flow through. 

That’s what made Bruce Lee so good, they claim that Bruce Lee was not necessarily built of a certain physical condition so that you could say that it was a matter of strength and whatnot, yet he had a tremendous, tremendous strength because he had the strength of that flow. And it just didn’t make sense to people, that he could be like that, being the little guy that he was. So he could go up against a real strong guy and he could actually match up, hand on hand. And it was just amazing what he could do because he channeled that inner flow. 

And that’s what this dojo is about: learning to channel that inner flow. And you play with the physical, but, behind that, find the inner flow, that spiritual quality. So, similarly speaking, to experience a grogginess, so this is what happens as a precondition to this where you’re kind of in the outer and can be caught under the spell of that, or you can kind of experience this pervasive flow. Maybe it doesn’t naturally come through because of the density of things. 

And when something is really, really dense it’s easy to checkout from it almost in a protective way. So, to experience a grogginess as I go from the outer denseness of physical perception of the senses, which is where the senses are at, the outer grogginess that I oftentimes experience is a protection from the denseness because I haven’t learned how to take the flow through it, so that I don’t damage the flow, or my heart doesn’t get mired in a way so that I go backwards until I caught up with how that flow can come through. 

That’s why sleep in movies and bad shows and stuff like that, I go into this grogginess that I can’t control because, from the outer denseness of physical perception an inner immersed beingness is in an understandable shift. It’s trying to shift, it’s trying to come in. 

So, what is going on is I am in sync with a flow, that’s what the dreaming is about, is to be in sync with a flow that goes through the objectivized outer to an intertwined overallness. This is possible when a subtle inner hiddenness is experienced as all-pervasive in its flow, and the feeling of all-pervasiveness permeates the consciousness. That’s the meditation dream.

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Outside the Frame

Humans are highly trainable. The world has changed so many habits in the past year that it should be clear that a willingness can overcome many obstacles. This is equally true for the work of personal development, or the effort required to make a spiritual journey: we are retraining ourselves to use our consciousness to focus on different things. When we do this, our systems begin to supply us with the deeper, more connected, information that comes from the energetics we are aligned with. (At the end of this post there are instructions and a link to download this recording to your computer.)

Jeane: The earlier dreams, it seemed like I was at the dojo that we’d been at last night. And if I wasn’t there, I was at a place nearby talking to people that went there. 

And I was trying to figure something out, but it seemed like, in order to really belong, you had to, in terms of martial arts, you had to find this woman that had been there for a long time. She’s actually a woman I have seen there. She used to teach, I think, the form where you work with a fan. 

And I felt like maybe you had to have some kind of combat with her, or a dance with her, or something to really become part of the group there. It was like I was coming and going trying to figure out how things were there. So, when I left, it’s like I would visit someplace in the neighborhood where people who were part of that martial arts group went, and then I would be going back there, but trying to figure out how it was that you really became part of it. That was the earlier dream.

John: The underlying theme of the dreaming last night was to be able to go outside of your usual frame of reference – that is in an outward context – because that outward context draws you into reflective responses. 

And so to really learn, or to access, something, you have to catch the flow that resides in an unseen capacity. You weren’t noticing that, per se, because for some reason you were still having to notice, or be in, a state of attention with a type of unfoldment, as opposed to a type of unfoldment that has to do with an individual orientation – instead of recognizing that there is the inner unfoldment that is what dictates.

Now you could have had that sensation because you had the components there, but you still had some other sensation in terms of an outer context way. And it is for that reason it can be concluded that your mind senses, in terms of an orientation of what comes through, still has that quality of a filter. 

And because the sheer flow that puts you into a connection that affects how the outer is in relationship to everything, that causes the mirroring of yourself to a deeper depth of self, that’s part of this hidden zone that you’re still, apparently, seemingly feeling that you have to not get to, or go to, directly, but utilize a means to the end or something, find something that triculates something yet left to have to resolve or to contend with. 

That’s the right focus and the right attention, but the result of the hearing, and seeing, and experiencing of the inner as a flow, you’re not quite seeing that it has to be like that. You’re still acting like there is something in-between yet. In other words, there’s the sheer outer – you’re not going to buy into that. There is something that can teach you, or cause you to have a grasp or understanding of things – you can accept that. But then there’s something that goes beyond even that where there is just a natural flow.

And, in that free flow, all of the other falls into its proper ordinariness as a space. And, if you’re in a flow, your responsibility changes, too. Those in the flow, or caught up with the flow – up to a point, that is, of being caught up with the flow – orient themselves to another listening center that’s in the outer. 

We’re still talking a type of flow that’s a little bit probationary in that it still is heavily flickering, it’s not there constantly. As the flow becomes more constant the inner connection is recognized as the primary way that something needs to come through – and that puts you into a different space of being challenged. 

It’s not an outward challenge. It’s an inner challenge to stay with the flow and recognize that the flow is everything that comes from within, and is able to not be affected by the reflections because the flow is louder, yes, but also subtler. 

And when it has gotten subtler through a quality of honing, that comes from a rhythm of the in-breath, then the flow has found a type of subtle humility, and a type of peacefulness, and a quality of compassion in what it witnesses, and knows how to, then, work for what pulls something through.

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A Background Glimpse

BS-Inner-GlimpseWe don’t often realize how much of our spiritual journey is a training, or a retraining, of ourselves and our systems. Everything we have done in our lives, with consistency and focus, has raised the level of our instincts, our intuitions, and our knowings about that subject. Whether we are artists, musicians, surgeons, parents, or street sweepers, there are intelligences that will come to us when we do that work – that is not there for those who have never done those jobs. The beautiful aspect of our spiritual training is that it is universal, so it can begin to give us insights into everything we put our focus on, not just on singular pursuits. (At the end of this post there are instructions and a link to download this recording to your computer.)

John: In the meditation dream I was noticing that I was okay in a quiet, still way that I had been okay, meaning that I was sitting in my quiet, still way, when suddenly in my quiet, still way, there was a commotion in the ethers of things. Because I noticed a shift, I didn’t know what the shift was, but it was like something in the outer conditions – even though it hadn’t registered to the senses yet – that something in the outer conditions was causing an effect and it had to do with what was emerging in the outer.

Usually when I sit and go into a meditation, and close everything off, I’m in such a deep, inner, still state that this state overrides from deep within. In other words, the stillness takes hold. So, in other words, my attention is in the stillness in which I just wait around for something to come out of the stillness to which I then come back.

And, of course, to get into this stillness everything around has to subside. And as I was waiting for it to subside, as I was in the throes of it all subsiding, all of it suddenly got really, like I say, it got really intense. And right about the time that you came in I was floundering in this in-between zone, going through the sense that what was going on in the outer was ten times greater than the inner. Or, in other words, at a magnitude of importance, or a magnitude of loudness, or however you’d say that, that had this number to it, that was ten times more than the inner – which was really strange.

I almost popped awake; I didn’t get a chance to pop awake because all of a sudden I’m coming out of my grog with you standing there indicating that we had a problem, a big water leak.

So the significance is, I guess there is an exception, in terms of the inner coming to the outer, when it can be overridden based upon the fact that one’s attention is needed on this side.

And so then, in my dream, I dreamt that there were four things, in other words four qualities, and these four qualities existed on two levels. The two levels are an inner level and an outer level. And, on the outer level, what came across was the need to pull something, a glimpse, out of the background.

In other words, there was something in the foreground on the outer, and something in the background, and because of the depth of the knowingness on the inner, I’m able to use my eyes to not necessarily stare directly at what’s in the foreground, I could see what’s in the background. I can get a glimpse of something, and the glimpse I got was I was making a comment to myself that others don’t see that as complete, and I was seeing that to be complete. And I realized I don’t note that others note that to be complete.

That was kind of what I was noticing, but I was only noticing the one of the four like that, one of the four meaning the four senses. I was only noticing the part that involved a seeing because the other traits hadn’t emerged out of the knowingness yet, although they were kind of held and imputed as being right there with the seeingness, to be recognized, or taken. In other words, the sense of them taken into a way of experientially in manifestation.

Now the two levels were kind of interesting in that, on the inner level, it was just a knowingness. There was no breaking it up. It was just an overriding knowingness. In the outer it was like four senses of which the sight sense was something that had a quality to it, in which there could be something brought through in a way that was in the here and now, as opposed to on the other side, or in the higher self. And that the density is the density in a separate capacity, outer way.

So what’s going on is the dream is indicating that my challenge is in being able to denote the inner in the outer. I am able to perceive the inner with a natural overall knowingness, but in the outer I have to denote it by going beyond the literalness of the senses and, in so doing, glimpse it in the outer – and know it is imbued in the outer from the inner.

Well, in the dream, the only thing I can report with any certainty is that the seeing sense could be, in a glimpse, visualized. The other three were there, too, but you could tell they were with the seeing sense in the background as well, but I didn’t have a way of bringing them out.

So the meaning is it would seem that I need to have an inner sense experience of smell, hearing, and taste, in other words, as if that’s all an inner sense merged into one, broken up into the outer so that this goes into the myriad of things as a kind of inflective background, you know basically a shaping in the background of the outer. Meaning I am attuned to the knowingness, experientially, in the day-to-day outer, as having a quality of, at least in terms of sight, a glimpsing beyond appearances.

I hadn’t realized that awakening consciously involved directing the senses from an inner knowingness to an outer inflectiveness, meaning the knowingness of the inner acted out in an outer was like an inflective to the reflective done so as a sense reorientation.

In the dream I only noticed in the outer the seeingness quality. I could tell the other three senses were there, but I hadn’t brought their subtle beingness into the outer in what I would call a livable, superseding way. But the fact that there was that there, meant that the background, even though I couldn’t quite pull it out, the background was still more intriguing than the foreground.

So, it stands to reason, that the inner knowingness, with regard to the divine, inner, higher self of the senses, has a way to go to commute from the inner into the outer – without being compromised by the outer.

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